He talks about next year's team, his academic situation, and much more in Part II of our interview with Lacey. Previously, he discussed his decision to enter the NBA Draft.
How did NC State's coaches react when you informed them of your decision?
Well, I knew they were supporting me either way. That's what they were telling me all along.
It was hard to tell those guys that I was leaving. I trust coach Gottfried, coach Early, coach Moxley, coach Lutz, coach Dunlap, and coach Whittenburg. It was hard to say no to those guys.
I know they are going to be good, but for me it was about what I needed to do.
You played one season for NC State. How do you feel it went?
It went pretty well.
I could have done better. I always have higher expectations of myself. I feel like as a team we overachieved, at least from an outside point of view, but we thought we underachieved.
We thought we had a great shot at making the Final Four. We felt like a couple of plays down the stretch against Louisville hurt us, where we didn't get a stop or make a big basket. It was right there for us.
Expectations were high with you returning, but now NC State has to unexpectedly replace you and Kyle Washington. What do you think about the Wolfpack heading into the season?
I think they are going to be really good. The Twins and Abu, they now have had a year under their belts... they know what college basketball is all about, and they'll be better. They were freshmen this year, but they'll be even better next year.
What kind of impact do you see NC State getting from Terry Henderson?
Terry is a great player. We saw what he could do every single day in practice. He shoots it well, but he can also put it on the floor and hit shots, make plays. He can really score. I think he can have a big year.
What about some of the other guys?
Well, Cat is going to be Cat. He's going to do what he does and do it well.
I think BeeJay is going to be a force, him and Malik. You know Lennard is going to be solid every game... he can give you ten points and ten rebounds every night. The Twins, they'll have bigger roles, but I think they are ready.
For me, I think the biggest thing is Caleb Martin will be much better next year. I think he can have a great year. He's 6'7 and can score the ball. As a freshman you're not really getting major minutes, and we didn't run any of the offense through him, but that can happen more next year. He'll have a bigger role, and I think that will give him a chance to make a bigger impact.
The last thing I wanted to ask you about was your academic situation. How close are you to receiving your degree?
I need 17 credit hours, that's it. I'm really close to getting it. I think I can complete it either next year or the year after.
I'll take care of that. It's the one thing that my mom asked me to do... finish my degree. That's going to happen.